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To give public comment, residents are asked to wait for the public comment period to open and be recognized by the mayor. Residents should speak at the podium, giving their name and address before their comments.
If you need special accommodations prior to the meeting, contact the City Manager's Office at 785-587-2404.
A permit is NOT needed for above ground seasonal pools (taken down and stored during fall/winter); however, enclosing the pool still must meet code requirements as outlined in the pool brochure under Enclosure of Pools.
The primary emphasis of the document is to provide long-range guidance to property owners, residents and decision makers on land use issues, such as where residential, commercial and industrial development should occur in the future, and at what densities. Manhattan and Riley County updated the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan in a two-year joint planning process, culminating in adoption by the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board, the Riley County Planning Board and the City and County Commissions in June 2003.
Each dollar of property taxes paid is split between several local entities.Read about how each dollar is split.
Each dollar of sales taxes paid is split among several local entities. Read about the details of how taxes are split.
A complete breakdown on special assessment debt and any other financial information for the City is available in the Annual Operating Budget and in the financial section of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
The City of Manhattan’s investment policy is tightly controlled by Kansas statutes (K.S.A. 12-1675 through 12-1677b) which limits the types and duration of any investment that the city may make. Although the city has been granted ‘expanded investment powers’ by the state of Kansas Pooled Money Investment Board (PMIB), these expanded powers only allow for an investment to be extended to four years instead of two as noted in the aforementioned statutes. The city bids each investment to all local banks and requires each investment to have proper collateral to ensure the safety and liquidity of that investment. The city’s investment portfolio is ‘laddered’ in a manner where an investment is maturing nearly every month. This practice allows the investment committee to make prudent decisions of when to reinvest funds based on operational and funding needs. Any questions regarding the city’s investment policy can be directed to the Assistant Finance Director at email@example.com
If you are already insured, review the amount of coverage you currently have and how much you need to maximize your security. Ask your landlord or property manager if you qualify for pre-approved discounts with their insurance company.
A deductible is the amount of money you pay before the insurance company pays you money for any losses; a deductible applies to your personal property coverage. For example, if your deductible is $250, and your computer cost $2,000 to replace, you would receive $1,750 from your insurance company if you have Replacement Cost Coverage. Generally, the higher the deductible, the lower your monthly premium will be. Your insurance company or agent can offer advice on how much liability coverage you may need.
Shop around for coverage. Most companies' policies provide the same minimum coverage, but many companies will provide extra protection for very little additional cost. No policy covers everything. Read your policy and talk to your agent. Don't wait until you have to file a claim to find out that your coverage is limited or that you're property isn't covered at all.
The City of Manhattan has an ISO rating of 2, which helps establish appropriate fire insurance premiums.
The brochure helps victims deal with the first 24 hours after a fire, insurance issues, property value and replacement of important documents and records. Call 785-587-4504 for your free brochure. Read more about what to do after a fire.
Our Code Services office licenses many trades. For a complete list and applications for those licenses, please visit our Licenses & Permits webpage.
For additional licensing information, please check with the State of Kansas Business Center.
The Mayor and the City Commissioners do not have offices at City Hall. Instead, they have their preferred contact information listed on their webpage. Access their webpages using the links provided below:
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Topeka Area: 785-575-1460
Claim specialists are available:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
For assistance, visit the Manhattan Workforce Center at 205 S. 4th St., Ste. 1A, Manhattan, KS 66502; or call them for further information at 785-539-5691.
New maps (found on this site as Preliminary DFIRMs) include the most current rainfall, elevation and other key data with the latest modeling technology to provide the most up-to-date picture of the area’s flood risk. The result: a better picture of the areas most likely to be impacted by flooding and a better foundation from which to make key decisions.
Through the National Flood Insurance Program, coverage can often be obtained at significant savings. The average cost for a flood insurance policy is approximately $600 per year. Further, homeowners may qualify for a Preferred Risk Policy that covers both a building and its contents for as little as $129 per year. Coverage for renters starts at just $49 a year. Talk to your insurance agent to determine the appropriate level of protection you need and the money savings options that are available.
Preferred Risk Policies, which start at just $129 a year, are only available for properties in moderate- to low-risk areas. However, recognizing the financial burden that being mapped into a high-risk area and having to purchase flood insurance can place on affected property owners, FEMA extended the eligibility period of the low-cost Preferred Risk Policies for two years for buildings that have been newly mapped into high-risk flood zones. In general, this cost-saving option is available to property owners whose buildings have a favorable flood loss history and who may or may not have received limited amounts of federal disaster assistance. The NFIP “Grandfathering” rules recognize policyholders who have built in compliance with the flood map in place at the time of construction or who have maintained continuous coverage. These rules allow such policyholders to benefit in the premium rating for their building. Flood insurance premiums should be calculated using the new map if it results in a lower premium.
Renewal of an Existing PolicyWhen determining the premium you will pay for flood insurance, an insurance agent will rate your flood insurance policy based on the flood map that is in effect on the date you purchase your policy. Flood insurance policies may then be renewed and still be rated based on the flood map in effect when the policy was initially rated as long as the flood insurance coverage is continuous and the building has not been altered in a manner that would remove this benefit. For example, if the building on the property is currently mapped in an X zone, you could purchase the policy before the flood maps are adopted and keep the lower rate associated with the X zone even after the new flood maps become effective. To help maintain this grandfathering benefit for the next owner, you may transfer the policy to them at the time of sale. An insurance agent can provide you with information about eligibility for the Preferred Risk Policy and the Two-Year Eligibility Extension.
Under this Grandfather rule, the property owner must provide proper documentation to the insurance company.
For more information on PRPs and the Grandfathering rule, you should contact your agent.
Manhattan's map update project is a joint effort with FEMA in cooperation with local associations and private sector partners.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has extended the low-cost Preferred Risk Policy eligibility period for two years to properties newly mapped into a high-risk zone. In addition, there are “grandfathering” rules to recognize policyholders who have built in compliance with the flood map or who maintain continuous coverage.
Upon the effective date of the new maps, you may be eligible for a lower-cost Preferred Risk Policy (PRP). Through your insurance agent, you can easily avoid any gaps in your flood coverage and receive a refund of unused premium by converting your existing policy to a Preferred Risk Policy back to its last effective date.
For more information on the mapping project process, please visit knowyourfloodriskMHK.com.
Community service may be used to pay off your fines only; you will still be responsible for payment of court costs. You will receive credit of $6 per hour worked, with the exception of DUI fines, which will be worked off at the rate of $5 per hour, per State of Kansas requirements. You cannot work off any court ordered restitution. You must perform your community service at a Court approved agency in Manhattan. Credit will not be given for community service work performed at an agency that is not court approved. To perform community service, contact one of the court approved agencies and schedule your work with them. The supervisor must sign this Community Service Log Sheet for you to receive credit for your work. You can also perform community service for the City on the weekends. To sign up for weekend community service work with the city, contact Municipal Court at 785-587-2450. Community service work cannot be preformed to pay off fines and costs owed through a diversion agreement without prior approval from the City Prosecutor. If your case gets turned over to our collection agency, you no longer have the option to work off fines through community service.
Your “plea” may follow a “plea negotiation” with the City Prosecutor, either on your own or through your attorney. The City Prosecutor is not required to conduct plea negotiations with you. If you and the prosecutor make a plea agreement, you promise to enter a plea of guilty or no contest in exchange for the City Prosecutor requesting a specific punishment. The Judge is not bound by your plea agreement.
Article 14, Sec. 126.3.
If the Municipal Court is on a delayed schedule or closed for inclement weather, Court staff will reschedule any impacted appearances and/or docket for the next available time and notify each individual.
If an individual who is scheduled to appear in Court cannot appear due to inclement weather, the individual shall contact the Court prior to the scheduled appearance. Inclement weather or school closings do not automatically “excuse” an individual’s failure to appear.
For a first conviction, violators will be issued a minimum $100 ticket. For a second conviction within a preceding 12-month period, violators will receive and minimum $200 ticket. For a third conviction within a preceding 12-month period, violators will receive a $500 ticket and may be punished by a term of imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months. No ticket shall exceed $500.
Any person within the City limits who has four or more employees, who sells real estate or rents housing with more than four units, or who offers goods, services, facilities or accommodations to the public must comply with the amendment. The governmental entity of the City of Manhattan must also comply with the amendment.
However, the ordinance does not apply to a religious organization; a nonprofit fraternal or social association or corporation; a school, university or school district; the Riley County Police Department; or another governmental entity.
The Amendment does not require any employer or public accommodation to provide a separate facility for any individual or to otherwise physically alter any existing restroom or changing facility.
The Amendment does not prohibit any employer or public accommodation from addressing issues that may arise from any person’s misuse of restrooms and changing facilities that are not based upon discrimination.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, familial status, military status, disability, religion, age, color, national origin or ancestry, you or your attorney can contact the EEOC or the Kansas Human Rights Commission.
No. The investigating officer is the City Attorney or his/her designee and the hearing officer is the Municipal Judge. The only other involved persons are the aggrieved person, respondent and any potential witnesses or legal counsel.
You may appeal to the City’s Hearing Officer. The City’s Hearing Officer will review the evidence from the City’s investigator and each party and make a determination of whether discrimination occurred. The Hearing Officer’s decision can be appealed to the District Court.
The ordinance is in effect as of November 1, 2016. The City can only accept discrimination complaints on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for discrimination that occurred after the ordinance’s effective date.
In addition to this written notice, the city sends out email notification of the applicant’s neighborhood meeting via the In Touch email notification system to all individuals who have subscribed through the city’s website.
If the application is complete, it is also assigned to a staff planner in Community Development and scheduled for a public hearing with either the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board or Board of Zoning Appeals as follows:
In addition, approximately one week prior to the public hearing date, the city emails the meeting agenda to anyone who has subscribed through the In Touch email notification system on the city’s website for either the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board or the Manhattan Board of Zoning Appeals. Planning Board agendas contain links to agenda items that can be downloaded.
Write:Community Development1101 Poyntz Ave.Manhattan, KS 66502Or email the staff planner assigned to the project
This is often referred to as “due-process." Due process requires any information (written, verbal, or graphic) submitted or used to base a decision on must be presented for everyone to hear and see within the formal public hearing process, and not in private one-on-one discussions with Advisory Board or City Commission members outside of the public hearing process. Because of this due process requirement, Advisory Board members and/or City Commissioners may tell you that they don’t want to talk about the project outside of the public hearing and they may encourage you to go to the public hearing and/or submit written comments. If an Advisory Board and/or City Commission member decides to let you speak with them about a proposal, they are obligated to disclose the substance of your conversation at the public hearing.
You may also report a stormwater concern with our online Report It! feature.
If a property owner’s grass is damaged in the process of snow removal, the public works department will repair the damaged area in the spring. The city is not responsible for cleaning rights of way due to buildup of sand or for dead grass due to chemical applications from city deicing operations.
You may also report your concern online with our feature.